Maintaining Your Pool Pump

Having a pool in your backyard is definitely a plus, but only if the water is clean and clear. At ASP Coastal Virginia, we know how quickly pool water can turn murky, but with proper pool pump maintenance, that can be prevented. To help you out, we’ve put together a few ideas as a guide to maintaining your pool’s pump. Just follow these easy tips and we promise your pool pump will continue to work as it should, and keep your pool safe and clean.

Regular Cleanings = Safe Swimming

Regular pool cleanings are a necessity if you want to be able to enjoy your pool for years to come. As part of your pool cleanings, make sure to regularly empty the skimmer basket, vacuum the pool, and adjust chemicals as necessary.

Keep in mind that the water in your pool can turn cloudy (and unsafe) without proper cleanings done on a regular basis. As long as you can clearly see a coin or other small object resting at the bottom of your pool, you know you’re doing something right!

How Often Should Cleanings Be Done?

How often you perform pool cleanings can be dependent on your pool’s location. While we typically suggest a regular weekly cleaning for optimal water quality, a pool located in a wooded area may need attention daily. For example, when leaves and/or other debris fall into a pool, they should be removed immediately.

Keep an Eye on the Filter

As part of your regular cleanings, make sure to check the pool pump filter, too. Staying on top of cleaning out your filter will prevent clogging as well as burn out. While there are several types of pump filters, all are fairly easy to clean. Just follow the simple directions listed in your owner’s manual or consult with a professional if you aren’t sure what kind of filter you have or how to clean it.

Signs That Something Has Gone Awry

We foresee years of enjoyment when it comes to your pool, but occasionally things do happen. If something doesn’t seem quite right, check for the following:

  • Loss of Suction
  • Water is Leaking Around Pump
  • Pump Motor Keeps Shutting Off
  • Noisy Pump
  • Sucking Air

If you notice any of the above taking place, it might be an indication your pool pump isn’t working right. Call a pool professional so they can assess whether your pump needs some repairs or needs to be replaced altogether.

If you would like to learn more about pool maintenance and cleaning, call ASP today at (480) 834-7665 or for more information.

4 Pool Deck Designs That Are Making A Splash

With just weeks left in the summer, it’s time to start thinking of ways you can improve your pool and have it in tip-top shape for next season. Whether you’re interested in geometric shapes, shallow sunning shelves, water features,glass tiles, aggregate material liners, or creative lighting, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind pool is now easier than ever. With endless options in modern pool deck designs, you can give your entire space a fresh look that will have you hungry for pool-time year round.

Consider these four popular deck designs when brainstorming ways to give your pool area a personal touch.

  1. Material Mix Up

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  2. One of the hottest looks in the pool industry is mixing and matching building materials. Instead of choosing an all-concrete deck, try to use more than just one material to blend your deck and your patio. Great combinations include a brick pool trim with redwood decking, rich composite decking with a smooth concrete border, gravel paths with a vintage lantern border, and much more. Talk to a pool builder or renovation expert to brainstorm ideas and discuss possible options.

  3. Combine Elements

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    By integrating your pool area with a well-designed patio, you can create a seamless, flowing space that’s ideal for relaxing and entertaining. Again, using creative combinations of elements gives your space a personal, unique touch that’s both inviting and soothing. Consider adding an attached firepit with built-in seating and a dining area to make your space family-friendly and ready for any activity. Install misters and fans over pool-side loungers to keep guests cool in the hot summer sun. Surround your pool deck with shrubberies, trees, and other natural elements to add privacy and bring nature directly to your poolside.

  5. Zone Out

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    If you’re not fond of the idea of creating one fluid entertainment space, create zones to separate spaces. Another popular design idea, zoning out your deck lets you create unique, individual areas that each serve a unique purpose. Consider establishing spaces like a grilling deck, a lounging area, a dining area, a sunbathing deck, etc., and use similar colors, fabrics, plants, and design features to tie your backyard look together.

  7. Pick Pavers

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    Opting for pavers instead of traditional wooden decking gives your pool a natural, sophisticated look that is both durable and affordable. Pavers, along with other chiseled surfaces and various shapes, give hardscaped areas a textured, vintage feel that’s easy to decorate. They also give you the ability to integrate surrounding decking, patios, landscaping and much more.

For more information on ways to spruce up your pool deck or for professional help designing and building your dream pool, contact ASP Coastal Virginia today.

 

Vinyl, Concrete, or Above-Ground Pools: Which Is Best?

Are you tired of scouring the internet for unbiased information on the advantages and disadvantages of different pool types? We hear you. That’s why we’ve developed this cut-and-dry list that highlights both the pros and cons of vinyl pools, concrete pools, and above-ground pools, so you can make an informed decision on which pool best fits your wants and needs.

Pros of Vinyl Pools

  • Low initial costs: Pools with vinyl liners are constructed in a very cost-effective manner. After properly excavating the pool site, contractors build a wood, plastic or metal frame for the wall panels, pour a solid sand base, and install the vinyl liner. This process offers the lowest-cost of any inground pool.
  • Several shapes and sizes: Because of the construction process, vinyl pools can be as long, wide, and deep as your budget will allow.
  • Minimal algae growth: Vinyl material is smooth and nonporous which makes cleaning easy and keeps algae growth to a minimum.

Cons of Vinyl Pools

  • Higher overall cost: Though initial costs are minimal, the average vinyl liner only lasts between eight and 12 years and costs several thousand dollars to replace.
  • Wear and tear: Common pool chemicals cause the color of the vinyl liner to fade and wrinkles tend to appear from top to bottom over time.
  • Low-action: Pets, tree limbs, sharp objects, and substantial roughhousing can cause the thin liner to tear.

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Pros of Concrete Pools

  • Unlimited sizes and shapes: Similar to vinyl pools, concrete pools can be built in any shape or size and with as much depth as budget allows.
  • Design options galore: Concrete pools allow for the installation of plaster, paint, tiles, features, amenities, designs, etc.
  • Easy integration: Concrete pools are typically used in natural settings to highlight landscaping or showcasing outdoor features

Cons of Concrete Pools

  • High lifetime costs: Concrete pools, though moderate to install, are very expensive to re-finish as the resurfacing and retiling supplies and work-hours can cost thousands.
  • High maintenance: Concrete is incredibly porous which means a substantial amount of chemicals, filtration, and overall maintenance is required to prevent algae and other damages.
  • Long installation time: It takes anywhere from two to four months to completely install a concrete pool.

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Pros of Above-Ground Pools

  • Portable and temporary: Above-ground pools can be moved and installed virtually anywhere.
  • Easy maintenance: Above-ground pools don’t require regular cleaning, bleaching, and filtering because the water is always moving.
  • Size options: Available in different sizes, shapes and depths, above-ground pools can be added to any space.

Cons of Above-Ground Pools

  • Landscape damage: The weight from the water will spoil a large portion of grass.
  • Fragile material: The thin lining of above-ground pools is fairly fragile. If punctured, the pool could cause flood damages that ruin landscape, grass, and even your home.
  • Fencing or Barricades: Many above-ground pool kits don’t come with the fencing or barricading needed to keep them upright. Investing in these features is an additional, often hefty, expense.

Regardless of what type of pool you decide is best for you, properly maintaining your pool is key if you wish to enjoy it for years to come. By partnering with the maintenance pros at ASP, you can rest assured your pool is in the best hands. With years of experience and knowledgeable service, ASP is your trusted friend in the pool maintenance industry. Call us today!

5 Popular Pool Trends In 2016

Summer 2016 is here – and so is the heat. Perhaps the best way to escape the scorching summer sun is by seeking refuge in a fresh, clean pool. Whether you own a pool or are in the market, these top five pool trends are making a splash in pool design and will inspire you to make your summer oasis truly unique.

  1. Tanning Ledges

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    Tanning ledges are on many “must-have” lists this summer. As a means of providing sweet reprieve from the heat without requiring you to swim, a tanning ledge is designed to be covered in no more than a foot of water. Not only is this a great amenity for those who want to lounge in the pool without swimming or using inflatable floats, they also allow children and pets to safely enjoy the water without risking the dangers of deeper waters. Tanning ledges are the perfect addition to any pool design and are available in fiberglass, vinyl, and concrete in-ground pools.

  3. Glass Tile

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  4. Both concrete and fiberglass pools typically have a six-inch-wide band of tile outlining the waterline of the pool. While this design feature is used mainly to prevent water from staining the surface of the pool, a common trend is to install small, glass tiles that give your pool a classy, put-together look. By using square or rectangular shapes of translucent glass in similar, yet different colors, you can match any design theme or color scheme you desire. Plus, these glass tiles reflect the sun’s light and turn your pool water into a dazzling, glistening light show.

  5. Fire Features

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    Nothing brings two elements together like adding a fire feature in or around your pool. Trending now are fire bowls – remote powered gas fire pits that give your pool the ambiance of vacation right in your backyard. Whether you wish to install a fire feature into your existing pool designs or want to include it in plans for your future pool, be sure to take plenty of time when planning to ensure it’s properly installed and in a safe, secure location.

  7. Vanishing Edges

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  8. Though this trend is one of the more expensive in 2016, vanishing edges add a beautiful, timeless feel to your pool. To achieve this look, bring down one end of your in-inground pool to the water level and build a decorative basin to catch and reuse whatever water spills over. This unique pool architecture is a fantastic option for places with a good view and gives your design a crisp, clean look.

  9. LED Lighting

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  10. Using LED lights gives you the opportunity to be creative and artistic with your lighting ideas. These versatile, long-lasting bulbs come in a vast selection of colors, letting you pick and choose how you want to light your water. By layering warm colors like reds, pinks, and oranges, you can give your pool a sunset-like appearance, whereas by adding greens and blues, you’ll achieve a cool, fresh look. LEDs last an average of 30,000 hours, so you won’t have to worry about constantly buying new bulbs.

Though these five pool fashions are popular in 2016, there’s one trend that will never go out of style: a clean, well-maintained pool. At ASP Coastal Virginia, we have the experience, knowledge, and tools to keep your pool in fantastic condition so you can enjoy it this year, and for years to come. With affordable pricing, professional and efficient services, and a highly trained staff, partnering with ASP Coastal Virginia guarantees satisfaction and reliability. Visit our website today to learn more!

Pool Cleaning: DIY or Hire a Professional

 

Though the internet is saturated with “how-to” videos on everything under the sun, there are some things that are still best left to the professionals. Pool cleaning, though seemingly simple, is actually a very precise task that if ignored or performed incorrectly could become very costly to fix. Your pool is a valuable feature of your home, so consider these suggestions on why you should leave all the hard work to a professional.

  1. Pool Cleaning Goes Beyond Raking Out Debris

  2. A common misconception of pool cleaning and maintenance is that all it requires is raking out debris from time to time and adding chemicals. Pool care actually requires many more steps, including:

    • Frequent skimming
    • Checking the filter pressure gauge every few days
    • Emptying pump and skimmer baskets when necessary
    • O-ring lubrication
    • Brushing walls
    • Pool floor vacuuming
    • Testing the pool water frequently to maintain sanitation and balance the pH levels

    Yes, these are all tasks that you could do yourself if only you had the expertise, training, equipment, and time.

  3. Equipment

  4. When you hire a professional to clean and maintain your pool, they are able to recognize pending issues that you may not notice yourself. Without early detection, these issues can blow up into much bigger problems that require expensive and specialized equipment you may not even know where to get, let alone operate. Hiring a professional ensures problems will be attended to promptly and with the proper equipment.

  5. Time

  6. It is estimated that doing all pool care yourself would take around 6 hours per month. That is almost the total of a whole work day a month spent doing pool work, and that is if nothing goes wrong. Further issues beyond basic maintenance will eat up even more of your free time that is better spent relaxing in your pool, not maintaining it.

  7. Cost is Worth the Peace of Mind

  8. Yes, hiring a professional for once a week cleaning and maintenance will cost money, but the value of knowing your pool is properly cared for with little effort by you is completely worth the expense. You’re saving yourself time, contributing to the local economy, eliminating the hassle of storing equipment and chemicals, and creating peace of mind that a true professional with training and expertise is caring for your pool. Make sure you hire a full-service professional dedicated to you and your pool’s maintenance needs.

If you want to make the investment in proper chemicals and equipment and devote your time to training yourself in the necessary skills to properly care for and clean your pool, DIY may be the way to go. However, if you want to have the peace of mind in knowing that a trained professional is performing all scheduled maintenance on your pool and preventing further breakdown costs, hiring a professional is the way to go.

To learn more about professional pool cleaning costs and services, visit ASP Coastal Virginia today!

Is a Pool Heater Worth the Expense?

It’s a common question—is a pool heater worth the expense? For some, the answer may be no. However, for the majority of people who choose to purchase a pool heater, it is more than worth it. Here are the pros and cons to help you decide whether or not a pool heater will work well for your needs.

Pro: A Pool Heater Lengthens Your Pool Season

Whether it’s early in the spring, or late in the fall, it’s likely you’ve experienced a day outside of the summer season when you wished you could take a dip in your pool. Choosing to purchase a pool heater can make this wish a possibility.

Pool heaters are excellent for doing the job they were intended to do—heating up the water in your pool. When the water in your pool is warm, it really doesn’t matter how cold the outside air is—you’ll be nice and comfortable in your pool. With the ability to heat your pool year-round if you choose, you get more use out of it every year, making it an even better investment for your property.

Pro: You Control the Temperature

With the purchase of a pool heater, you are able to maintain your ideal water temperature year-round. This is especially beneficial when the weather turns colder, but can also be a great feature during the summer months if you prefer your water to have more of a bathtub-like feel.

Pro: There Are Several Heater Options to Choose From

Prior to making the purchase, it’s likely you have an idea of what you expect from a pool heater, and how much you’re looking to spend. There are three main types of pool heaters available (gas, solar, and electric) making it possible to find the right heater to fit your needs regardless of your price point.

Gas heaters are the most efficient at heating your pool. However, they do tend to cost more to operate. Solar heaters cost almost nothing to operate and are an excellent option if you are concerned about the environmental impact your heater will have; however, a solar heater will only work on a sunny day. Electric heat pumps do tend to cost more upfront, but are very energy efficient, costing little more than a solar heater to operate.

Con: The Cost

Really, the only downside to purchasing a pool heater is the price and potentially the operational costs, depending on the type of heater you purchase. In the long run, the use of a pool heater more than pays for itself in the comfort it provides and the extra memories your family will be able to make in your backyard oasis.

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At ASP Coastal Virginia, we know everything there is to know about pool heaters.

Contact us today to find out more about the pool heaters we supply.

Pools Prove A Practical Investment

Summer is in full swing and it’s prime swimming pool season. While you’re probably aware that installing a swimming pool in your backyard is a considerable investment, did you also know that there are several practical benefits that make it well worth the cost?

Here are three reasons that prove a pool to be a practical investment for you and your family.

  1. Exercise

  2. Summer heat can interfere with your desire to get out and exercise, but when you can get healthy and stay cool in the summer months you have a win-win situation. Exercise in a pool goes beyond just swimming; aqua yoga is a new, low-impact way to lose weight and feel good. Aqua yoga is also great for stretching, relaxing, strengthening muscles and balance while holding positions in the buoyant water, and it can even improve the quality of your sleep.

  3. Fun At Home Saves You Money

  4. When you have a pool at home, there is no need to go out and spend money on expensive activities. Bored of the same old pool routine? Consider turning your pool into an aqua sports arena. Invest in a net, a hoop, and create your own goalposts out of pool noodles to enjoy water sports such as volleyball, basketball, and water polo. Even consider planning some evening pool parties paired with BBQs or movies projected onto an outdoor screen or bed sheet.

  5. Increase the Value of Your Home

  6. A properly cared for pool can increase the value of your home up to 15% and can make a difference in how fast you’re able to sell your home when the time comes. Thinking of upgrading that pool to help with your home’s value? Check out the most reliable and affordable services in coastal Virginia for renovations and remodels with ASP Coastal Virginia.

Invest in your health, your summer fun, and in the value of your home by owning and maintaining your outdoor pool. ASP is a full-service pool company committed to the satisfaction of your pool needs provided by certified and professional technicians. Consider the benefits of switching to the superior service and professionalism of ASP today.

26 Reasons to Choose Our Coastal Virginia Pool Cleaning Service

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While there are many Coastal Virginia pool cleaning service companies to choose from, we have 26 reasons why you should choose ASP.

    1. A: Affordable- Our pricing structure is designed to fit any budget without breaking the bank
    2. B: Bigger Buying Power- As a national company, ASP’s bigger buying power allows us to pass the savings down to our customers
    3. C: Contracts- NEVER required for our maintenance plans
    4. D: Diagnostics by the Experts- If your pool is not performing at it’s best, trust ASP to figure out what’s wrong and have the knowledge to fix it
    5. E: Experienced: As the nation’s leading pool company, our company has the experience needed to fix any pool problem thrown our way
    6. F: Friendly- All of our staff are friendly and knowledgeable and able to answer any question to may have in regards to your pool
    7. G: Go the Extra Mile- Our staff goes out of their way to ensure your pool is a safe place for your family to enjoy
    8. H: Highly Trained Staff- Each staff member is certified and licensed and undergoes continual training to keep up with industry trends
    9. I: Insured- Every tech that comes into your backyard is insured for your protection
    10. J: Just a Phone Call Away- If you have any questions regarding your pool maintenance, your Coastal Virginia pool cleaning service technician is just a phone call away!
    11. K: Knowledgeable- From cleaning and maintenance to replacing equipment, our staff knows their way around a pool
    12. L: Leader in the Industry- Since 2005, ASP has been delivering exceptional customer service
    13. M: Maintenance Equipment- Our pool techs recommend vacuums, scrapers, hoses and other maintenance equipment to ensure your pool stays clean and sanitary. We also know how to service it for you.
    14. N: Nationwide Company- Our company has an excellent reputation nationwide, and continues to grow year after year
    15. O: Offer Solutions- No matter the issue you are experiencing with your pool, ASP offers solutions to keep it running perfectly
    16. Professional- We will treat you with the utmost professionalism every time we do business together.
    17. Q: Quick & Efficient- Our Coastal Virginia pool repair team may be in and out quickly, but we are also efficient in our cleaning and maintenance process
    18. R: Reliable- Unlike other pool companies, we will be there when we say and perform the services we promised to.
    19. S: Satisfaction Guaranteed- ASP Coastal Virginia pool cleaning service company is not satisfied until you are!
    20. T: Tile Cleaning Services- Whether as a regular maintenance task or one time clean up, ASP Coastal Virginia keeps your tile looking as beautiful as the day it was installed.
    21. U: Unsurpassed Customer Service- From phone conversations to in person interactions, our customer service can not be beat!
    22. V: Veteran Owned & Operated- Owner Bill Schlemmer served many years in the US NAvy
    23. W: Will Exceed Your Expectations- We strive to be the number one company by not only meeting your expectations of a pool service team, but exceeding them
    24. X: X-treme Temperatures: No matter the temperature, if your pool needs help, ASP is there!
    25. Y: Year Round Maintenance- Trust ASP to maintain your pool on a year round basis
    26. Z: Zero Commitment- Our maintenance plans are no pressure and do not require contracts

 

 

Coastal Virginia Swimming Pool Pumps Require a Little TLC

Coastal Virginia swimming pool pumps are the heart of our pools, and as such, require a bit of tender loving care. Just as any piece of machinery that needs to be cleaned and maintained in order to continue running, swimming pool pumps require cleaning and regular maintenance in order to extend their life. Coastal Virginia pool cleaning services teamed up to bring you a list of essential maintenance steps that should be performed on your swimming pool pump on a weekly basis. Whether you perform these steps yourself, or hire a professional is up to you.

Weekly Cleaning Routine

First, it is important to understand the role of the swimming pool pump and how taking a few minutes each week to care for it can save you money long term. Together with your filter, the pump is responsible for circulating your pool water and keeping the debris, dirt and other contaminants out. It is also the piece most likely to break due to wear and tear. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent that from happening:

  • Keep the deck area around the pump free of dirt and debris, and dust the vents to ensure air is flowing freely
  • Check your filter and remove any dirt, debris, hair and other items in it. By ensuring your filter is clean, you will not place as much strain on your motor.
  • The pump motor does NOT need to be lubricated, as this will cause damage to the rubber seals and actually attract more dirt and debris.
  • If you find any cracking or torn seals, they need to be replaced before the pump can be turned back on. This ensures you are not placing extra strain on the motor, and aren’t going to end up with a bigger problem down the road.
  • Refer to your user’s manual for the amount of pressure the pump should be using. If it is 10psi or higher than suggested, it may be time to backwash your pump.
  • Like any motor, not all noise is bad. If you do notice a high pitched whine or noises louder than usual, it is a good sign that something in the pump is not working properly.

By performing preventative maintenance on your poop pump, you are not only extending its life, but also keeping your pool water contaminant free, while keeping your electric bill down. If the maintenance becomes too much to handle on your own, contact ASP Coastal Virginia pool cleaning services to help! Our friendly technicians would be glad to help with all of your swimming pool needs.

Coastal Virginia Pool Cleaning Service Throws the Best Pool Parties

Coastal Virginia swimming pool covers are coming off, and swim season is officially in session. Since our pool cleaning company lives poolside, we have seen our fair share of amazing parties, and are here to give you a few ideas for throwing the pool party of the season! Here are some of our favorite pool party ideas:

  1. Take water sports to the next level by hosting a water Olympics! Volleyball and basketball are all fun, but the games can also include diving, racing laps, chicken, who can stay on their floatie the longest, and any others you can come up with. Keep it fun, and at the end host a closing ceremonies where the competitors received a variety of colored popsicles as their prize.
  2. Host a ‘dive in’ movie night. Encourage guests to bring their own floating lounge chair while they relax and watch the flick of the week. Beverages, snacks, and other menu items can be served in floating containers designed by tying pieces of pool noodle together and attaching them to the container holding snacks. Pass the popcorn, and let the movie begin!
  3. Plan a kid friendly party where each child is invited to create a sculpture entirely from pool noodles. After the sculptures are finished, head to the pool to see which one lasts longest in the water.
  4. Allow the force to be strong in your pool as you craft light sabers out of pool noodles and give one to each guest to join in the war against evil. Will Vader rise in your pool, or will the Jedi be able to hold their own?
  5. For an evening party, or even just a little ambiance, place glow sticks inside water balloons, and float them in the pool for a little bit of a romantic glow.

Who Says Pool Parties Can’t Get Creative?

Once the Coastal Virginia swimming pool covers are off, residents practically live in the water. While hosting pool parties is part of the fun of being a pool owner, the responsibility for the pool maintenance is not always so fun. If the task becomes too overwhelming to handle on your own, pass off the care of your pool to the professional ASP Coastal Virginia pool cleaning team. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are trained to solve pool related problems with both care and ease. If you love your pool. But hate maintaining it, make a call to ASP Coastal Virginia today!